Western Australian schools have received more than $100,000 for projects that reduce the amount of waste disposed of to landfill, and Environment Minister Stephen Dawson announced a record 34 grants for Western Australian schools accredited under the Waste Wise Schools program.
Wongan Hills District High School has received $1,728 under a new grant to buy recycling bins, a worm farm, and reusable plates and tumblers for school events. The money will be spent on a range of sustainable waste projects at schools - everything from kitchen gardens, worm farms, recycling bins and composters, to garden tools and chickens.
More than 127,000 children attend 304 accredited Waste Wise Schools across WA, and the program delivers educational resources aimed at changing behaviour to avoid the generation of waste and encourage diverting waste from landfill. Last year, accredited schools recycled 199,000 kilograms of paper and diverted 89,000 kilograms of fruit and vegetable scraps from landfill through worm farming and composting.